LAKE Macquarie pet owners will have access to a free mobile microchipping service in the form of a modified horse float under a funding agreement approved this week.
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said funding from the state government would allow Lake Macquarie City Council to proceed with a plan to promote responsible pet ownership and help those who can least afford it.
The funding will allow the council to modify a council-owned horse float to establish a mobile education and microchipping trailer.
The trailer will visit community events and allow residents in that area to have their animals microchipped for free and register them at the same time.
“The council will now be able to offer cat and dog owners a free mobile microchipping service as well as provide a community education campaign which will target pet health and safety,” Mr Piper said.
The government introduced the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants scheme in 2014 to increase microchipping, lifetime registration and de-sexing rates.
Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said a record number of applications had been received from the state’s councils for this year’s grants.
RSPCA NSW chief executive officer Steve Coleman welcomed the funding boost.
He said the grants had worked well in previous years to improve the lives of animals and their owners.
The grants allowed for innovation in promoting responsible pet ownership across the state, he said.